So, what's next? Jane Manchun Wong, who is "not [a] Facebook employee" but does enjoy "reverse engineering apps because it feels like solving puzzles", posted an interesting screenshot to Twitter. As of now, when you open Facebook app and try to revert to a chat message, you will be either redirected to the Facebook Messenger app or if the user hasn't installed it yet, the user will be redirected to download and install it. Once developed, the feature would allow users to use a single app to access both the social media platform and elements of the messaging service.
Of course, there are some benefits to this, and using the Messenger app without downloading the Facebook app (in case you don't have an account) is one of them. however, it does not make any sense.
Facebook might be moving chats back into the main social app.
Facebook is working to interconnect its trio of app of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
Facebook initially had its messaging tools integrated into the main platform, but spun them out into Messenger back in 2014, controversially forcing users to download Messenger to maintain connection with their friends.
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Clearly, this vision of one app, one goal has shifted since Facebook's acquired both Instagram and WhatsApp. Now, nearly 5 years later, as Facebook prepares to integrate WhatsApp and Instagram into a singular platform, the feature seems to be making its return.
Facebook could be building a challenge for itself - if users don't have to switch to Messenger, maybe Facebook is tasking itself to make the Messenger app more appealing, with new tools and features created to continue to draw users in. Wong argues this also applies to Messenger, which means it will stick around to serve a different audience than the main Facebook app.
Facebook has yet to comment.
Now, Facebook appears to be experiencing something of the sort.
They will still work as standalone apps but will have the same underlying architecture.